Emerald Swallowtail

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Butterflies. Tricksy little blighters. As my garden seems to be butterfly-free at the moment and I have butterfly envy from the great shots I keep seeing posted, I had the bright idea of going to the Stratford Butterfly Farm today, confident that I’d get plenty of photos for Tiny Tuesday. Which I did, but 90% of them were either poorly exposed or out of focus, or most often both. The little devils just won’t keep still, you see – they flutter about all over the place. Sig

So, I apologise for the amount of movement in the wings of this Emerald Swallowtail (Papilio palinurus). I did actually get some shots that were better-focused than this – but not of this little chap, who wasn’t still even for a split second, and who I thought was just so enchanting that I was determined to photograph him. After several minutes of increasingly breathless and sweaty pursuit, and nearly falling over a huge iguana that was wandering about the place, I did manage three or four images in which his body and legs were reasonably sharp – and in the circumstances I’m prepared to call that a successful result! More practice is needed – I will return to the Butterfly Farm another (possibly cooler) day.